DANBURY, Conn. -- Scoring 22 runs and tallying 31 hits combined in its first two Little East Conference contests, the Castleton University baseball team split two highly-offensive games - 17-11 and 16-5 - with the Western Connecticut State University Colonials on Saturday afternoon at Westside Field.
Pat Mumford led the Spartan offense with five hits, including two doubles in the doubleheader. He drove in two runs, while scoring a couple, as well. Davis Mikell, Deagan Poland, Brayden Millet and John Stewart III each notched four base knocks.
Joe Gratton (2-2) earned the win in game one, tossing three innings and allowing just one run. Charlie Stapleford was tagged with the loss in game two, falling to 1-1 on the year, surrendering six earned.
Castleton returns to action at 10 a.m. on Sunday as it faces the Coast Guard Academy in a nonconference doubleheader.
Castleton 17, WestConn 11
Scoring at least one run in all nine innings, the Castleton offense was not going to be slowed down after tallying a run to open the contest. Yet WestConn also got off to a hot start, claiming a 7-3 advantage through two innings.
In the third and the fourth, Castleton plated three to cut it down to a one-run game. Mitchell Caron's groundout and Stewart III's single followed Dillon Benham's lead-off walk and Dylan Bailey's base hit. During the subsequent inning, Mumford started things off with a double before Mikell singled him home.
Going back-and-forth over the following several innings, Castleton blew it open in the seventh as Mikell crushed a three-run homer to put the Spartans ahead 12-9. They would not look back as Mumford notched another base hit to drive in two in the eighth, while Ryan Lawrence launched his first-career homer - a two-run jack - in the ninth.
Garrett Moran started on the bump and went four innings, allowing eight runs and striking out eight. Gratton and Andy Kenosh combined for the final five innings, surrendering three runs and ringing up seven Colonials.
WestConn 16, Castleton 5 (7 innings)
Responding with the offense in game two, WestConn recorded two separate innings with six runs each to coast past the visitors.
Rounding out the Spartan scoring in the fourth, Mikell pounded his second homer of the afternoon, this one of the solo variety. Through 14 games during the 2019 campaign, the junior has 31 hits and is hitting at a .554 clip.
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